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REVEALED! No Less 300 Teachers Owed Salaries In Kaduna – NUT Chairman



By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Chikun LGA of Kaduna state, Comrade Syrus Hassan, has revealed that about 300 of their members have not been paid their monthly salaries

He made the revelation in an interview with newsmen at the venue of ‘A One Day Conference titled:” Dignity of a Teacher 2023″, organised by Uncle Focus Educational Consult and General Contract Ltd, on Friday in Kaduna.

Comrade Hassan further lamented that teachers are still lacking behind in terms of welfare, adding that some of their members have not been getting any benefits and incentives like leave grants, among others.

He said government has tried its best in educating teachers, by making it important for them to improve their knowledge and attend workshops, there was need for them to be paid their wages.

“The conference is educative and will add value, dignity and respect to teachers who found their way to the conference. It will enlighten and update their knowledge on so many things that teachers are supposed to know.

“The government has tried its best in educating teachers for making it important for them to see the need to improve knowledge and attend workshops.
“Actually to say the truth, teachers are still lacking behind in terms of welfare. We want to thank them, but up til now there are teachers that are still not getting one or two benefits and incentives like leave grants for years but we know that it cannot go round.

“Government is trying, but up till now, we have teachers that have not been getting salaries in Kaduna state. We’ve been pressing on to see that the teachers are paid but till now we still have a number of them that have not been paid for several months.

“Unpaid teachers are up to about 300”, he lamented, calling on government to pay the wages of teachers who are owed salary arrears, blaming some on bureaucratic bottleneck and long processes and procedures responsible for the delay.

He explained that some of the old teachers are having certificate issues, because it was realised that their certificate had issues. Some have been cleared and approvals given to be paid, but till now not paid. Non teaching staffs like Security, Nanny amongst others, regular employees, have also not been paid for almost two years now.

Also speaking, the lead consultant and Co-founder of Uncle Focus Educational Consult and General Contract Limited, Ziniyet Godwin Hillary, said they’re NGO working around the education sector with a vision to make education in Kaduna, Nigeria, African and the world more efficient

“We’re NGO working around education and everything about it. We have the vision of making education both in Kaduna state, Nigeria, Africa and the world, more efficient.
“We add innovation to education, to support schools, individuals, school owners, teachers and children to make education more efficient and better.

The Conference was inspired by the various engagement we had with teachers in 2022. We engaged 1500 teachers across public and private schools in Kaduna state and outside Kaduna state.

“We realised there’s uniformity in their cries as teachers. And it boils down to how their dignity as teachers has been trampled upon. They are the light and conscience of our society.
“We need to carry teachers on our soldiers. They’re our heroes. We need to respect them. This conference is bringing in teachers from both public and private schools to talk and discuss on issued affecting or bordering them.

“Making class rooms engagement, teaching and learning easier and better.

Topics that featured during the conference, includes the role of teachers in nation building, civic participation, dignity and how teachers can leverage on technology to make their work more effective and easier”, he said.

He noted that most Nigerian teachers are behind in education tech. “So we bring them together to sensitize them on these purpose, the consciousness that they need to meet up with rest of the world in education technology.
“We’re covering all the 23 LGA in Kaduna and all states in Nigeria. Life of teachers in Kaduna are not where it suppose to be yet.

“My late mother was a teacher. Four years after her death we have not been able to access her death benefits. So imagine what’ll happen to us if we’re not working. Government and NGOs and others need to push for better life for the teachers, he advised.

Mrs. Sara Atu .N, the acting education secretary chikun LGA, also said in an interview that stressed the important of involving their teachers with a view to upgrading their dignity

“I saw the need to involve my teachers because it has to do with upgrading the dignity of them. The teachers need to know that they should also promote their own dignity, not waiting for government alone all the times or any other body to promote their dignity.

“The conference came at the right time we are. The participants are expected to be 2000 but because of the crisis of cash and transport we’ve over 300 here. Primary schools teachers, and that of senior and junior secondary schools.
“Teaching as a profession has value and we bring them here to added value to it, only from Chikun LGA participating now.”, she said.

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ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello



Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.

The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.

The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.

The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.

Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.

Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.

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Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri



Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.

He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.

In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.

He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.

‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’

The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth,  communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.

The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.

He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.

He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.

 ‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’

Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll

A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.

The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.

The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.

The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.

In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.

It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.

On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.

We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.

As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.

To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.

I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.

By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.

Sunny Areh
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

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